Week 5 is in the books and in a week that some said “lacked excitement”, we still saw a handful of great games. This is the point of the season in conference play where you truly start to see the separation from the men to the boys. This week, we saw a field storming on a Monday night, a shootout in Texas, but we start in Death Valley where it was homecoming weekend and the Tigers expected to roll.
On Saturday night, the LSU Tigers welcomed the Troy Trojans in a game that they thought would be a “cupcake win”. They paid the Trojans over $900 thousand and let’s be honest, took them very lightly. Troy had different plans. They went to Death Valley and shocked the world. After jumping to a quick 17-0, the Tigers made a late push but it was too little too late. Troy won the game 24-21 and absolutely ruined the Tigers homecoming. The ironic thing is, if you go back to my college football full season preview, I actually had Troy as one of my four teams to watch coming into this season. I even went to this event to called this upset. The exact quote was “Hot take right here and you heard it here first, Troy will go into Death Valley and beat LSU on September 30th, BOOM.” Lucky? I don’t think so, this team is legit and will most likely compete in a bowl game come seasons end.
Me along with most of the country expected Oklahoma State to go into Texas Tech and annihilate them. Texas Tech is known for having an awful defense and the Cowboys are known for there potent offense. It was a recipe for disaster but the Red Raiders came in looking to compete. The game went back and forth all night long. Due to Clemson blowing out Virginia Tech, most of that viewing audience headed over to FOX hoping for at least one competitive night cap game, they got just that. Deep in the fourth quarter, Oklahoma State was holding on to a 34-28 lead and their defense needed a stop to secure the victory. Texas Tech had their fighting shoes on however and drove down the field tying the game up at 34 a piece. The Cowboys now had to respond or they would lose back to back games and kiss any chance of a playoff bid goodbye. Oklahoma State QB, Mason Rudolph led his Cowboy offense down the field and capped it off with a game winning rushing touchdown from who other than Rudolph. Oklahoma State escaped with a huge 41-34 win, but hats off to Texas Tech for competing when nobody was giving them a chance coming in.
Perhaps the best game of the weekend did not come on a Saturday, but rather a Pac-12 matchup that went deep into a September Friday night. The 16th ranked Washington State Cougars welcomed the 5th ranked USC Trojans on Friday night, in Pullman, Washington. This was a battle of the QB and both Luke Falk and Sam Darnold put on a show for the Cougar faithful. USC took control early and showed they were not intimidated to go into hostile territory. However, Washington State kept sticking around waiting to make their attack. Mike Leach’s bunch tied the game up at the half and there was no turning back from that point. After 3 the score was knotted up at 20 leaving the fourth quarter wide open and leaving a win for grabs. Washington State was just a tad hungrier. They had pulled off the upset and perhaps had one the biggest wins in school history. The crowd stormed the field as the clock struck 2 in the morning on the east coast. It was a great way to start off another terrific week in the college football world.